Dominican Republic nips Venezuela in six-hour game

Updated: February 3, 2007, 2:51 AM ET
Associated Press

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico -- Tony Batista's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 18th inning gave the Dominican Republic a 4-3 victory over Venezuela on Friday night in the longest game in Caribbean Series history at 6 hours, 13 minutes.

Luis Maza and Ronny Cedeno had consecutive doubles in the top of the 18th to give Venezuela a 3-2 lead in the series opener, but the Dominican Republic tied it on Bernie Castro's single and won on Batista's sacrifice fly.

Miguel Tejada also homered for the Dominican Republic to tie Tony Armas' record for Caribbean Series home runs with 11. Batista also homered.

Armando Rios had four hits and two RBIs to lead Puerto Rico to an 11-1 victory over Mexico in the late game.


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